Advancing Women in STEM

In collaboration with industry and community leaders, YES Employment + Entrepreneurship (formerly YES)
is leading the ‘Advancing Women in STEM’ initiative to address and identify systematic solutions to a number of challenges stifling women’s retention of and access to leadership positions within the STEM industry. 
Main Objectives:
  • Increase the understanding of systems and institutional practices in the corporate culture that affect women in the STEM industry 
  • Provide access to strategies, tools and frameworks that harness inclusive workplace environments, and ensure women’s retention and access to leadership roles 
  • Support a team of “change agents” within select pilot companies as they create internal initiatives to support female employees, and influence organizational functions and structures that hinder inclusivity and equal access to opportunity  
An important component of the program was a Community Leaders Forum that took place on January 29, 2018, which brought together over 50 leaders from the STEM, business, legal and academic sectors for in-depth discussions and identification of policy recommendations and solutions to a number of persisting challenges facing women’s advancement in the STEM industry. The Forum’s recommendations will be utilized by three pioneering companies in Montreal as they identify internal initiatives to support and empower female employees in their respective companies.    
The Forum’s strategic recommendations and solutions were also shared at a National level through a Federal Pan Canadian Network to advance gender equality. 
The ‘Advancing Women in STEM’ initiative is guided by an advisory committee that consists of fourteen outstanding female leaders.

Click on each of the names below to view their bios: 

Elisabeth Laett (Chair) - Advisory Committee Chair & National Leader / Managing Partner, Xaphan Group
Cindy Fagen - Advisory Committee Member & National Leader / COO, SAP Labs Canada
Sophie Aladas - Advisory Committee Member & National Leader / Co-founder & CEO, Key2Access
Cynthia Grahame - Pilot Company Rep / Senior Director, Staff Operations of Human Resources, IC Axon, a Division of GP Canada Co 
Veronica Polisi - Pilot Company Representative /  HR Manager, OneSpan Canada
Vanessa Cherenfant, Managing Director, Cogia
Georgiana Laudi, SaaS Growth Advisor, A Better X Inc. 
Liesl Barrell, Managing Partner, ThirdWunder & Executive Director, Montreal Girl Geeks
Marie Jasmin, UI Designer, Bethesda Game Studios
Mary-Anne Carignan, Co-President, Purkinje Inc.
Nancy Cleman, Partner at Lapointe Rosenstein Marchand Melançon
Cassie Rheaume, Chapter Lead & Teen Code Club Organizer, Ladies Learning Code, General Manager Lighthouse Labs​
Alyson McPhee, Client Experience Consultant, Gensler 
Valérie Gobeil, Pilot Company Representative / Head of Development & Learning, GSoft

Learn more about the various resources available and initiatives created to address women’s retention of and access to leadership positions within the STEM industry here 

The initiative is supported by :